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Social Environment during Molt and the Expression of Melanin-Based Plumage Pigmentation in Male House Sparrows (Passer domesticus)

Evolutionary biologists have shown much recent interest in the costliness and signal content of colorful plumage displays in birds. Although many studies suggest that both carotenoid- and structurally-based plumage colors are condition-dependent indicators of health and nutritional state at the... Full description

1st Person: McGraw, Kevin J.
Additional Persons: Dale, James
Source: in Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology Vol. 53, No. 2 (2003), p. 116-122
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Type of Publication: Article
Language: English
Published: 2003
Keywords: Aggressive behavior
Badge size
Melanin pigmentation
Plumage coloration
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